New­ton elim­i­nated from World Se­ries

Dixie Youth Team Ge­or­gia falls to Ten­nessee, 4-3

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

The sea­son came to an abrupt end for the New­ton Amer­i­can All Stars (Team Ge­or­gia) Wed­nes­day night dur­ing the 2007 Dixie Youth Ma­jors World Se­ries in Madi­son Heights, Va.

On Wed­nes­day, the lo­cal all stars were matched up against the team rep­re­sent­ing Ten­nessee. How­ever, Ge­or­gia lost in a close game, 4-3. As a re­sult, it was elim­i­nated from the cham­pi­onship se­ries.

Out of 1,100 teams that be­gan dis­trict play, Ge­or­gia placed sev­enth over­all, giv­ing the lo­cal team noth­ing to be ashamed of at all.

“We’re pretty dis­ap­pointed,” said Ge­or­gia head coach Sonny Jones on Thurs­day af­ter­noon dur­ing his trip back to New­ton County. “They played as hard as they could play, but it was a tough game; Ten­nessee has a good team.”

Over­all, the op­pos­ing hurlers from Ten­nessee com­bined for 13 strike­outs, hold­ing Ge­or­gia to just five hits.

“That’s pretty un­usual for our team,” said Jones re­gard­ing the num­ber of times his team fanned. “But that just

tells you what kind of pitch­ing Ten­nessee had.”

With the bases loaded in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning and trail­ing by one run, Ge­or­gia was un­able to score, thus end­ing the game.

“They (are) a real good group of boys,” praised Jones. “They’ve busted their tails all year to get where they were at. You know, base­ball is a funny game — the best teams don’t al­ways win in base­ball. If we could have got­ten a cou­ple breaks against Ten­nessee (then) we would have prob­a­bly won that ball game.”

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, Ge­or­gia com­mit­ted more er­rors in the World Se­ries than it had dur­ing the state tour­na­ment. In fact, both er­rors against Ten­nessee led to three runs.

“You can ex­pect that to hap­pen be­cause they (are) 12-year-old kids,” said Jones. “I’m sure they were a lit­tle ner­vous and stuff like that.”

De­spite the shaky de­fense, Ge­or­gia set sev­eral records dur­ing the state tour­na­ment last month on its way to cap­tur­ing the ti­tle.

One such record was most con­sec­u­tive in­nings played (22) with­out al­low­ing a run. De­fen­sively, Ge­or­gia only com­mit­ted four er­rors in five games played.

Af­ter win­ning its first game of the World Se­ries on Mon­day against the team from Searcy, Ark., 7-1, Ge­or­gia dropped the next two games.

On Tues­day, the first loss came against the squad from Alabama, in which Ge­or­gia lost, 9-2.

Led by Jones and as­sis­tant coaches Scott Walker and Bobby Wheeler, mem­bers of Team Ge­or­gia in­clude Cameron Boyd, Sher­man Graves, Tray Hill, Ja­cob Jones, Tyler Man­ning, Cody Mar­lowe, Austin McCul­lough, Devin McDon­ald, An­to­nius Sims, Alex Smith, Cody Walker and Dal­ton Wheeler.

Nancy Ham­monds/Spe­cial to The Cov­ing­ton News

Early exit: The New­ton County Amer­i­can All Stars (Team Ge­or­gia) look on dur­ing the 2007 Dixie Youth Base­ball State Tour­na­ment held in Albany. De­spite win­ning the state ti­tle, Ge­or­gia lost to Ten­nessee, 4-3, on Wed­nes­day night dur­ing the 2007 Dixie Youth Ma­jors World Se­ries in Madi­son Heights, Va. Over­all, Ge­or­gia fin­ished sev­enth out of 1,100 teams.

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